Chocolate, oils and wine. Oh my!

 

Chocolate, oils and wine, oh my!

Last night I hosted a couple of The Joyful Oilers and a few of their friends for a ladies’ night in featuring chocolate, wine and the best essential oils on Earth.  We had ladies from Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, La Jolla and the greater San Diego area.  It was a delight for the senses.  We had the diffuser going and we had a variety of organic wines to choose from.  I sipped on red wine infused with Lime Vitality and Orange Vitality essential oils, which made for a tasty sangria like beverage.  I baked Peppermint Vitality infused brownies and organic, gluten free, dairy free chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were also grain free and vegan, but you’d never know it.  I made a yummy cheesecake dip infused with Lemon Vitality essential oil for our organic fruit, and of course we had a cheese platter.  There were many chocolates to choose from, and we had some savory snacks to break up all of the sweetness.  It was a super yummy night.

We talked about why we choose Young Living essential oils over all the other brands on the market, because of their Seed to Seal guarantee, the fact that they own their own organic farms and their transparency.  We talked about how the FDA treats essential oils as “fragrance” under the larger umbrella of “cosmetics” so even essential oils labeled as USDA organic can contain ingredients other than essential oils and they don’t have to disclose it.  Oils sold as “fragrance” are exempt under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) because “This law is not allowed to be used to force a company to tell ‘trade secrets.’ Fragrance and flavor formulas are complex mixtures of many different natural and synthetic chemical ingredients, and they are the kinds of cosmetic components that are most likely to be ‘trade secrets.’”  This is why it is so important to know and trust your source, especially if you intend to use these products on your body or in your food.  Please, please, PLEASE do not ingest essential oils you buy at the store.  In fact, most oils you buy at the store (even “organic” ones) will say right on the label “NOT FOR INTERNAL USE” and this is because they are sold as fragrance.

Young Living is the only company to have a line of essential oils made specifically for ingestion.  They have the Vitality line, a line of essential oils bottled and labeled for dietary use. They are FDA approved as dietary supplements, something other essential oil companies cannot say.  Hint: this is what I used to create some of the yummy treats I made for last night’s chocolate, oils and wine night.

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Speaking of yummy treats, I’ll share with you one of the recipes I created for last night’s event.  Here is my Peppermint Vitality infused brownie recipe:

Peppermint Vitality Infused Fudgy Brownies

Ingredients:

-1 cup organic unbleached all-purpose flour
-3/4 cup organic Dutch-process cocoa
-2 cups sugar
-1/4 teaspoon salt*
-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon espresso powder
-3 large eggs
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
-1/4 cup melted coconut oil
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-4 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oil

*Increase the salt to 1/2 teaspoon if you use unsalted butter.

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl in the order in which they’re written. Stir, then beat the mixture until it’s smooth.
  3. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake the brownies for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they’re just barely beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  5. Remove the brownies from the oven; let them cool completely before cutting. 
  6. Enjoy! This recipe yields about 2 dozen 2″ brownies.

If you’re not into baking stuff from scratch or if you have dietary restrictions, you can always use your favorite box mix and add your drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil to your own batter before baking.  We won’t tell. 😉

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So all in all, last night was pretty awesome, so much so that The Joyful Oilers are already planning the next one in June.  If you are local to the greater San Diego area and want to come to the next one, get in touch with your favorite Joyful Oiler for all of the details.  Or if you’d like to host one in your own home with your own friends, let me know and I can help you out with that too.  Thanks for reading!  xoxo

 

 

 

 

May Faire, Mother’s Day and an AMAZING Oily Giveaway

Hi friends,

I haven’t been on social media much lately, except for the daily Instagram post sharing the Oil a Day Giveaway.  More on that later!  Spring has been busy busy for me.  I am so grateful for my Young Living income because it has allowed me the flexibility to be as involved with my kids’ school as I want to be, which this year has been quite a lot.  I am our Waldorf school’s Chat ‘n Craft lady, which is awesome because it serves as a creative outlet and allows me to socialize with a lot of other awesome mamas. I also do a lot of sewing for the nursery kindergarten and 1st grade classes, which I love.

Recently I got to volunteer to help the kiddos with flower crown making for May Faire. I love love love floral crowns—for myself—but especially on sweet kiddos.  May Faire is one of my favorite Waldorf festivals because we have the opportunity to reconnect with our  greater community and rejoice in the fertility of a new season.  We gather to make floral crowns and then the older children weave the ribbons in a rainbow of colors around the May Pole, symbolizing the renewal of our connections to each other, weaving a stronger, healthier community.  It’s beautiful to watch.  Here is a video one of the parents took of this year’s festival:

 

Then we had Mother’s Day Tea, Mother’s Day and all month long (actually for a few months) me and several other moms busied ourselves with preparations for our fun glamping inspired fundraising soiree.  My friend and I made play teepees and embroidered flannel blankets.  A larger group of us made a ton of pretty dream catchers, felt toys, miniatures for fairy gardens, whimsical fairy garden baskets and so many other fun, crafty things.

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fairy garden teepees

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The night was magical, but now that it is over I can get back to sharing with all of you my love of all things essential oils.

I mentioned above that I have been posting an Oil A Day Giveaway on Instagram.  One of my dearest friends (and incidentally the one who introduced me to Young Living oils) heads an essential oil education group called Drop Talk on Facebook where people can go to learn how to incorporate oils into their daily lives.  She bought a Premier Aroma Collection from Young Living, a collection containing 120 bottles of oily goodness, and she has been giving away one bottle a day every day except for Sundays. She will continue to give bottles away until the entire collection is gone.  Amazing, right?!  She is the kindest, most generous lady I know, but I digress.  The point of this giveaway is to educate people on various essential oils and their uses.  Every morning (except Sundays) Jessica posts a picture of the oil she is giving away with the name blurred out and a description of that oil.  This goes down in our secret FB group.  If you guess correctly on the photo your name goes into a drawing for that oil, and she announces the winners the next day.  We have shipped off 37 oils so far, and in case you’re wondering, this giveaway is open world-wide.  Here are some of the oils we’ve given away so far:

Oil A Day Giveaway Winners

 

These are all of the oils that will be given away when it’s all said and done:

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Rose?!  Frankincense?! Yeah, this is pretty epic.  If you’d like to participate, go ahead and friend me on Facebook and let me know you’d like to be added to Drop Talk, the essential oil education group.  Then you can jump right in and start guessing.  This group is a pretty useful tool for learning all things oily, and it’s great because there’s no selling in there; it’s just oil education, and right now, LOTS of giveaways.  We’re on oil #38 today, and remember, there are 120 oils total!  Get in there and good luck to you.  I hope to connect with you soon.  Thanks for reading my friends, and enjoy what’s left of May!  As for me, tonight I celebrate 14 years of marriage with the love of my life, so I am going to go get dolled up and enjoy him and these roses he just brought me. Beautiful, wonderful May. 🙂

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Essential Oil Dilution Chart By Age

Questions we hear a lot are:

Are essential oils safe for babies?

Which oils are best for kids?

Which oils should I avoid?

What dilution should I use with kids?

Find the answers to all of these question in our chart below.

(Please note: this is not an exhaustive list, so always check with your healthcare provider beforehand.)

Essential Oil Dilution Chart by Age

Age Use Dilution Good choices Avoid
Newborn to 6 months old Use oils very sparingly (if at all) and only for short-term relief 1 drop of essential oil per 4 tsps. of carrier oil Very gentle oils like Lavender, Orange, Ginger, Cedarwood, etc. Hot and potent oils like Oregano, Wintergreen, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Rosemary, etc.
6 months to 2 years Use oils sparingly and only for short-term relief. 1 drop of essential oil per 3 tsps. of carrier oil Very gentle oils like Lavender, Orange, Ginger, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lemon, etc. Hot and potent oils like Oregano, Wintergreen, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Rosemary, etc.
2 years – 4 years Use oils as needed. Rotate oils frequently to prevent sensitivities. 1 drop essential oil per 2 tsps. carrier oil Gentle oils like Lavender, Citrus oils (avoid direct sunlight for 24 hours), Tea Tree, Pine, Cedarwood, Blue Tansy, etc. Hot and potent oils like Oregano, Wintergreen, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Rosemary, etc.
4-6 years old Use oils as needed. Rotate oils frequently to avoid sensitivities. 1 drop per 1 ½ tsps. of carrier oil Great oils include Marjoram, Frankincense, Lemon, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Ginger, Lime, etc. Hot and potent oils like Oregano, Wintergreen, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Rosemary, etc.
6-12 years Use oils as needed 1 drop per 1 teaspoon carrier oil Great oils include Vetiver, Marjoram, Frankincense, Lemon, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Ginger, Lime, Vetiver, etc. Be very cautious with stronger oils.
Adults Use oils as needed 2 drops per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil Most essential oils are fine as long as diluted properly. Use caution with stronger oils.

If this chart is difficult to read from your phone or device, click here for a PDF version of the chart.

 

 

What are essential oils and how do they work?

 

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The ancient plant wisdom contained in pure essential oils has been used for thousands of years to balance the body and support wellness. There is an enormous amount of research on the plant kingdom, and approximately 40% of prescription drugs in the United States are based on compounds found within plants. “Essential” refers to the unique volatile fluid coursing through each plant form (seeds, roots, flowers, bark, leaves, peels, rinds) that gives it therapeutic properties. We like to think of it as the “soul” of the plant, or its life force.

During a low-heat, slow-steam distillation process, the microscopic molecules that make up essential oils become highly concentrated. Because these molecules are so incredibly small, they are able to penetrate every cell in our body, and can even cross the blood-brain barrier.

There are approximately 40 million trillion molecules in one drop of essential oil. These molecules are made up of compounds, the most common being phenols, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. These compounds, which are found in certain essential oils, have the ability to clean cell receptor sites, which help to support a healthy body, deliver oxygen to cells and tissues, and can de-program miswritten codes in cellular memory (Stewart, 2005).

Ok, so why Young Living?

The Joyful Oilers are very particular when it comes to which products we use in our homes and what we feed our children. We read labels and want to know the source. This also applies to how we choose which essential oils to use. Quality matters. Young Living cultivates, harvests, and distills oils on farms that they own or partner with so they have the unique ability to verify purity and quality at every step of the process. We appreciate the extensive laboratory testing and third-party audits, and it’s no wonder they have routinely exceeded industry-leading quality standards since 1993. They are global stewards of our planet.

There are many brands of essential oils available, and while there are other reputable brands, we only use Young Living (YL) in our recipes. YL uses non-GMO seeds and sustainable farming practices (no chemical pesticides or fertilizers). We appreciate that we can visit their farms across the world. We know their oils are unadulterated and they don’t use fillers, toxic extenders, or synthetic materials. YL only uses first distillation oils for maximum potency (i.e. when you use a tea bag for a strong cup of tea, instead of re-using it to make a second or third weaker cup.) Thus, it may require many more drops from another brand, to achieve what a single drop of YL oil can do. They are pure enough to use on our children, and we don’t take that lightly!

YL follows and tests every batch of oil from when the seed is planted in the ground through the seal being placed on the bottle before it is sent out. They are the only company that offers a SEED to SEAL guarantee. Learn more by watching this video:

 

When you’re ready to join the Young Living family, contact your favorite Joyful Oiler to help get you started. For more information on the best way to get started, click here, or if you already know you’re ready to roll, click here to buy the Premium Starter kit now. Happy oiling!